Brevity is the soul-crushing nature of politics. I’m trying that expression on for size. It’s just a fancy phrase for the effectiveness of concise soundbites. The milk and honey of successful political campaigns. Okay, enough with the marketing rhetoric.
Last night at the GOP Debate, Rubio and Trump had a tête-à-tête over healthcare. Well, and many other things. But this exchange between Ted Cruz was so effective it has already been turned into an ad…
Cruz: Donald, true or false: you said the government is going to pay for everybody’s healthcare.
Trump: That’s false.
Yeah, about that…
Pelley: The uninsured person is going to be taken care of. How? How?
Trump: They’re going to be taken care of. I would make a deal with existing hospitals to take care of people. And, you know what, if this is probably—
Pelley: Make a deal? Who pays for it?
Trump: —the government’s gonna pay for it.
Words matter. Like, the words that come out of Donald Trump’s mouth.
Thing is, if we complain about democrats who say stupid things like “I was for the war in Iraq before I was against it,” (John Kerry) and “We have to pass this healthcare plan so we can see what’s in it” (Nancy Pelosi), how can we nominate a GOP candidate who says “The government is going to pay for healthcare,” then at a debate say, “I never said the government should pay for healthcare,” then seconds later says “I’m not going to let people die on the streets”?
The fundamental problems we’re having in this country are fundamental problems, one of them being the belief that government should take charge of people’s healthcare. A little piece of my sanity dies whenever I hear politicians asked about healthcare at all. Since when did government commandeer the responsibility to take care of people? (Read Dear Liberals Your Cult-like Faith in Government is Disturbing…) I always had this belief that people can and should take care of themselves. When they’re in a bind, their community of friends, family and local charities can step in to lend a hand. Americans love helping people who need it…if they’re given the opportunity to do so and not mandated with their tax-dollars.
But we’re so far down that rabbit hole, it might be impossible to climb out of it with reason. So here we are.
Donald Trump. Which version of him do you believe? The one who says he supports the individual mandate? The one who says he wouldn’t let people “die on the streets”? (Where are those people, by the way?) Or the version which calls everyone else a liar when they point out he’s said he supports socialized medicine? Which he’s done more than once.
We’re a country at war with liberalism, an ideology that does everything it can to silence us and destroy our way of life, to rebuild America in its image of thought-control and tyranny. Elections have consequences, we have 7 years of proof. Who we choose as our next president matters.